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Ron Paul: Watch Out for the Effort to Lie Us into War with Iran

In a new interview with host Scott Horton at the Scott Horton Show, prominent libertarian communicator and peace proponent Ron Paul discussed how Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presenting a “gross distortion” purposed to blame Iran for the harming of two ships last week in the Middle East fits in with a broader effort to “lie us into war” against Iran. “We should be awake from all their shenanigans,” Paul advises.
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Revisiting Ron Paul's 1988 Case for Drug Legalization

Did you miss our drug war conference last month? You're in luck - we're putting all the speeches online! In this second speech of the conferenece, RPI Senior Fellow Adam Dick takes another look at Ron Paul's groundbreaking 1988 treatise on why all drugs should be legalized. Speech is from RPI's May 2019 conference "Winning the War on the War on Drugs."
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New York Ends Religious Exemption for Vaccinations


On Thursday, the New York state legislature passed and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law legislation (S2994A) eliminating the religious exemption parents in the state have been able to exercise to refuse state-mandated vaccinations for their children as a condition for their children attending school. This legal change leaves parents with only a narrow medical exemption given that New York had already barred use of a philosophical exemption.
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Making 911 Call Responses Safer


Calling 911 is marketed as a means to obtain help and safety when danger arises. But, when cops arrive in response to a 911 call, they can make a dangerous situation more dangerous and even make it deadly. This can especially be the case when the individual who makes the 911 call or is the subject of the call has a disability or a mental health issue.

Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead expressed the problem pithily in his October of 2017 editorial “Don’t Call the Cops If You’re Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old”: “Trained to shoot first and ask questions later, police pose a risk to anyone with special needs whose disabilities may not be immediately apparent or require more finesse than the typical freeze-or-I’ll-shoot tactics employed by America’s police forces.”
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Persian Gulf Tanker Attack: Iran Guilty? False Flag? Cui Bono?

Just as the prime minister of Japan was in an historic visit to Iran (the first since the 1979 revolution), a Japanese-owned tanker (and one other) was attacked in the Persian Gulf. US neocons are pointing the finger at Iran. Does it make sense to attack Japan in the midst of productive talks? Will the propaganda machine ramp up war talk? Watch today's Liberty Report...
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US Libertarian Party Chairman Promoting Video Calling for Venezuela Regime Change


You might hope that at least the United States Libertarian Party could be counted on not to support the US government’s effort to install its chosen politician as president of Venezuela. Oh well. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Earlier this month, a “Dear Libertarian” letter from party chairman Nicholas Sarwark appeared on the Libertarian Party’s website in which Sarwark promotes viewing a video by Kyle Varner — described by Sarwark as a party member — in which Varner delivers the US government’s regime change line in regard to the South America country.
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Mike Gravel Says Legalize All Drugs

The support for marijuana legalization is so strong among Democrats that there may be no hope for any United States presidential candidate who supports marijuana prohibition to achieve the party’s nomination. Indeed, we have witnessed Democratic candidate after candidate express support for legalization. Even long-time drug warrior Joe Biden, though he has held back from endorsing legalization, said through a spokesperson last month that he supports several significant marijuana law liberalizations.
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Amazon to Keep Aiding Government’s Facial Recognition Surveillance


In January, I wrote about a then-upcoming vote by Amazon shareholders on a resolution calling for the company’s board of directors to “prohibit sales of facial recognition technology to government agencies unless the Board concludes, after an evaluation using independent evidence, that the technology does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights.”

Here is an update. In May, in a vote of Amazon shareholders, a resolution to prevent the sales failed, receiving less than three percent of votes cast. Also, as noted in a Reuters report on the vote, a second proposal calling for the company to take the more limited step of studying how its Rekognition facial recognition technology harms civil rights and privacy also failed, receiving just 27.5 percent support.
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Texas Bans Red Light Cameras


On Saturday, after over ten years of red light cameras use by local governments across the state to impose fines, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law legislation that bans the use of red light cameras in Texas and ensures people who have been ticketed based upon photos taken by such cameras can register their vehicles despite their having not paid the tickets.
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